It starts with the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA), available at fafsa.gov, is
used to apply for federal, state and college-based financial aid. You should complete
your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st (for the following school
year) in order to maximize your award eligibility. Please read our CCC FAFSA
Guide CCC FAFSA Guide.pdf
Special Note: As of March 9th, 2017, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov is currently unavailable. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. However, at this time, the IRS anticipates the online data tool will be unavailable for several weeks.
This does not limit families’ ability to apply for aid. Applicants have other options while the data tool is unavailable. Applicants filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and applying for an income-driven repayment (IDR) plan can manually provide the requested financial information from copies of their tax returns. The online FAFSA and IDR application remain operational, and applicants can continue filing the FAFSA or applying for an IDR plan as they normally would.
Please click here
for a joint statement from the IRS and US Department of Education. If you have any additional questions, contact your Financial Aid Office.
1: Collect information
Student Aid website provides a list of the information
you will need in order to complete your FAFSA.
2: Create an FSA ID
If you are completing and signing
the FAFSA electronically (recommended method), you must create an FSA
ID. Follow the steps in our FSA ID
Guide to create yours FSA ID Guide.pdf. Dependent
students will also need to have one of their legal parents create an FSA ID. It
is very important you do not lose your FSA ID usernames and passwords. Write
them down and store them in a safe place.
Note: if you are a dependent student
whose parents are undocumented, they will not be able to create an FSA ID. You
will instead print the signature page and mail it to the specified address
(allow 6 weeks).
3: Complete and Submit FAFSA
FAFSA is free. You should never pay for assistance with completing your FAFSA.
You can receive in-person assistance at your college Financial Aid Office. Additionally, the Federal Student Aid web site provides a number of tools and help resources.
sure that you:
- Read questions and definitions carefully
– in particular, definitions related to family members such as how to determine
- Type information carefully (we often
see mistakes on names, birthdays, and social security numbers)
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (if eligible) to reduce your
chance of being asked to provide additional information
- Sign and submit your FAFSA (check that your status is
4: Requests for Additional Information
You will need to monitor your
student portal To Do list and your CCC email, as we may request additional
information. You can access both your student portal and email by logging into your
my.ccc.edu using your CCC username and password.
You will receive notification of
your financial aid award package in your CCC student email and can monitor your
financial aid in your student portal. Note that if you add, drop, or withdraw
from classes, receive any additional outside financial assistance, or require
any corrections to your FAFSA, your award may be adjusted.
6: Book Vouchers
If you plan to use financial aid to
purchase books, you must first complete the book
voucher authorization process. You will
then be able to purchase your books and materials with your financial aid book
voucher at the CCC
All financial aid awards will be
credited to your student account around 4-6 weeks after the start of the
semester. Funds remaining after tuition and book voucher amounts are deducted
will be released to you.* Disbursement is a multi-step process and not a single
event. If you see a “disbursement date,” that is the day this process begins.
The date you should receive any financial aid refund owed to you will be the
“refund date.” If you are expecting a refund, be sure to select the refund option
that works for you.
8: Stay Informed
Review important information about
how enrollment changes and failure to comply with deadlines can affect your
eligibility. Consult our Financial Aid Calendar
to understand important dates including FAFSA processing, awarding, and
*Students who have remaining financial aid funds
and who owe a past due amount for tuition or fees from a prior academic year
will have $200.00 applied to the prior year balance from current year remaining